Since finals are fast approaching, I thought sharing some tools for time management would be a good idea.
EIGHT DAYS A WEEK
First and foremost, schedule your time properly. Try using this form to plan out your study days. Hopefully, you’re not studying for 7 hours but I’ve created enough slots just in case. Here’s an example of a completed form.
HERE, THERE AND EVERYWHERE
Try different study spots so as not to get stuck in a rut. Always study in your room but often find Facebook calling you? Study in the kitchen or outside or anywhere that has zero distractions. Find yourself constantly people-watching at the coffee shop? Head to the library.
If you find yourself procrastinating then try obligating to a study group. Knowing that other people are counting on you to be in a certain place at a certain time should help you kick that bad habit.
If you’re struggling or feeling stuck or just need to get out of your head then seek out some help whether it be your family, guardians, friends, co-workers, etc. The Writing Center is here for you Mon-Fri 2:30-4:30pm. The Math Tutor is here in the library Wed & Thur 3-4:30pm.
HERE COMES THE SUN
Treat yourself every time you accomplish a goal. Take those 10-minute breaks on the above schedule – take a quick walk, play with your dog or cat, grab a snack, so on & so forth. After a successful study day, treat yourself to something a bit nicer; perhaps dessert or renting a movie? Once you’ve made it through an entire week, give yourself an even bigger gift. Maybe dinner and a movie out with friends? Or a new outfit, game, etc.? Use these incentives as goal posts to motivate you to keep on keeping on.
LET IT BE
Finally, just RELAX! Remind yourself that there are only so many hours in a day. Your ultimate goal is to do your absolute best. Check out these tips on stress management. Of course, if you’re feeling overwhelmed, tell someone.
Do you have any time management tips that you like to use? Any that you’ve used that did not work?